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by Martyn Harris
Sat May 18, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs
Replies: 10
Views: 1400

Re: Dedicated Chess Clubs/Bridge Clubs

Most (nearly all I think) bridge clubs have their own venue. Its actually down to very simple economics :) I'd hazard a guess that in fact most bridge clubs don't own their own premises, though I suspect that a significant proportion of the larger and longer established clubs do. I'd agree though t...
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Should junior only events have a separate grading system?
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Should junior only events have a separate grading system

Perhaps one needs to ask whether the grades are for the benefit of the players or the organisers.
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: National Club Chamionship - what is the point?
Replies: 114
Views: 14321

Re: National Club Chamionship - what is the point?

I'm not certain of the appropriate phrase, but are you not losing intangible resources, insofar as the event (at all four levels) has become a joke, in view of its poor levels of participation? And as such actually damages the ECF's reputation? Difficult not to agree with that. The point of the Nat...
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Should junior only events have a separate grading system?
Replies: 15
Views: 1862

Re: Should junior only events have a separate grading system

Yes because a) including games from junior only events may undermine the integrity of the main grading system, and b) grading systems (ECF or ELO) are not designed in a manner which offers encouragement to very weak or slow to improve players. There may be a case for abandoning any idea of a grade p...
by Martyn Harris
Wed May 01, 2013 12:50 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: ECF National Secondary Schools Co-ordinator
Replies: 270
Views: 13702

Re: ECF National Secondary Schools Co-ordinator

1. No junior reductions for ECF gold/silver/bronze membership. 2. No junior reductions for ECF game fee. 3. All rapid play graded events only requires ECF bronze membership. 4. New ECF junior membership category for junior only events with a low membership fee. 5. No ECF membership requirement for ...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then
Replies: 177
Views: 11584

Re: Rule 10.2 (a) AGAIN then

A few years ago I found myself defending a standard drawn K v K+P ending, and my flag fell, so I lost. As the arbiter was watching I asked as a matter of interest what he would have done had I made a 10.2 claim, and he said he would have ruled against me as I could still go wrong. This is what I hop...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Outcome of membership scheme
Replies: 272
Views: 27024

Re: Outcome of membership scheme

In financial terms the success of the membership scheme cannot be judged until the amount of residual game fee to be levied is known, together with the proportion collected and the costs of chasing these monies. Although non-MO areas should have submitted guestimates of residual game fee together wi...
by Martyn Harris
Thu Jan 10, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Rare first edtion chess books
Replies: 46
Views: 6178

Re: Rare first edtion chess books

I have a fairly battered copy of Chess Masterpieces by H E Bird (1875). His preliminary remarks include "Although such a collection, having regard to the limited number of games, appears scarcely to admit of improvement, the Compiler would yet have been glad to have found a larger number of recently...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:26 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Code of Conduct
Replies: 185
Views: 22455

Re: ECF Code of Conduct

Going back a page or two, I would have thought that a refundable deposit should indeed be lodged when making a complaint. However the norm should be that the deposit is refunded regardless of the outcome of the complaint, except where the complaint is deemed to be merely an attempt to pursue a perso...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity
Replies: 258
Views: 27983

Re: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity

The various bodies responsible for submitting results for grading will have received information about the new arrangements. These make it clear that the grading of competitions will be on an all or nothing basis regardless of the ECF membership status of the participants. Consequently the District ...
by Martyn Harris
Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Outcome of membership scheme
Replies: 272
Views: 27024

Re: Outcome of membership scheme

But it comes down to what you mean by success or failure. In my book a successful membership scheme should 1) Raise at least the budgeted monies. 2) Not cause the office staff to look for other jobs for fear of having to repeat the associated tasks. 3) Be seen to be fair by the majority of players....
by Martyn Harris
Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity
Replies: 258
Views: 27983

Re: Yorkshire vs ECF disparity

So, do the ECF not agree that they have issued an advertisement on their website which falsely represents the actual benefits which can be obtained by becoming a member ? ie : Stating members will receive unlimited grading of games whilst not mentioning that certain events will not be included for ...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.
Replies: 87
Views: 8783

Re: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.

M However the decision has been made, and I doubt that there is the appetite in most quarters for another change There's considerable appetite for more change, starting with the proposal to cut the ECF in two. Whilst I am well aware of plans to split the ECF in two I very much doubt that the averag...
by Martyn Harris
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.
Replies: 87
Views: 8783

Re: ECF membership & clubs' internal games.

My position on changing the funding of the ECF is that moving towards a structure that demands more from less active players and less from more active ones is far from my first choice. However the decision has been made, and I doubt that there is the appetite in most quarters for another change, so ...
by Martyn Harris
Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess clubs named after individuals
Replies: 29
Views: 3026

Re: Chess clubs named after individuals

I meant more clubs named after their founders Naming clubs as opposed to companies after oneself doesn't seem a particularly British thing to do, though Pete's Potentials figured briefly in the Bristol league. Adding the name of a founder at a later stage, particularly after said founder's death, m...